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Elizabeth's journal about her experience at International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Read on to find out what she did...

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Back to Strasbourg

After the late night last night, we were a little slower getting started today. We spend some time just walking around the area near our hotel, had lunch at the same sushi place (Rachel and Ashley really like sushi), and headed to Sacre Coeur. It was a gorgeous day! Rachel is actually staying one more night, so we helped her find her youth hostel before we went to sit in the park behind the church. Unfortunately we didn't have much time to spend there, but we enjoyed the little time we did have. We stopped for more ice cream on the way back to our hotel to pick up our bags and catch our train back to Strasbourg.

I made a new friend on the train ride back. His name is Jean-Michel Hueber from Colmar, France, which is one of the places that Ross and I may go when he comes to visit. Monsieur Hueber is a photographer with 4 boys ranging in age from 13 to 30. I enjoyed talking to him and learning about his family and culture during the trip. I had my books out to study on the train, so he asked a lot of questions about the program and space in general. I was impressed with both his knowledge of space and his English. He is going to send me some of his pictures and told me to let him know if Ross and I end up in Colmar during my break. He was the first French person to strike up a conversation with me outside of the program. Most of the local people I have encountered tend to keep to themselves and avoid the tourists. It was so nice to meet someone different.

Now I'm back in Strasbourg and like any student, dreading going back to class in the morning. It was such a wonderful weekend that it's hard to imagine sitting in lectures all day tomorrow. I'm not complaining though. I know what an amazing opportunity this is. I just want to enjoy all aspects of it while I'm here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday Elizabeth!
Izzy, Annalyse & I were out of town for the weekend at Lake Travis. I am just now catching up on my e-mails. It sounds like you're having fun and learning alot. I'm starting a job that I am really excited about. I am training to be a professional mystery shopper. I will basically get paid to shop and evaluate retail stores, restaurants and more. The best part is that Annalyse can come with me since everyday shoppers have kids. I'm really excited and I'll let you know how it goes. We miss you. Love, Natalie, Izzy and Annalyse

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